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Poster: aibek Date: Sep 26, 2013 2:46am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 5 Million Texts!

Great work indeed. And it is amazing in not just in the largeness of collection that has been built, but that it was possible!

Who would have believed that many libraries would “part” with their precious collection -- afterall, what it in it for them? Actually, it may be worse than useless to libraries, as librarians may take the view that universally accessible books would undercut the library’s own raison-d'etre. (Think of Getty Research Institute!) Actually, I am still looking for ulterior motives in it!

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Poster: brewster Date: Sep 26, 2013 7:16am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 5 Million Texts!

You are right-- There is an astonishing wave of sharing right now, in libraries and elsewhere.

Often the big holding block is the 10 cents a page to digitize the books-- if that is found then the hundreds of libraries we work with are happy to offer their books to be digitized and put no new restrictions on the results (above the original restrictions on the printed matter).

What a wonderful world of sharing!

-brewster

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Poster: aibek Date: Sep 26, 2013 9:16am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 5 Million Texts!

1) Concerning books at least, it is not “natural”, for why are there no non-US efforts similar to IA. In particular, where are the German books? Upto a hundred years ago, German was the language of scholarship, and Germans are rich. So where are the German books? (Apparently, out-of-copyright German scholarly books are only to be found on IA.)

2) IA has set the standards (and good ones) for efforts in this direction. When others do follow, they will have a much easier time. So, for example, if sponsors want to watermark all pages, they would be pointed to the restrained behaviour of IA sponsors.

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Poster: Jeff Kaplan Date: Sep 30, 2013 4:44pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 5 Million Texts!

germany does have a program:
http://www.babs-muenchen.de/index.html?c=projekte_babs1&;l=en
http://www.bsb-muenchen.de/Aktuelles-aus-der-Bayerischen-Staatsbibliothek.14+M57d0acf4f16.0.html

This post was modified by Jeff Kaplan on 2013-09-30 23:44:27

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Poster: syzygos Date: Oct 5, 2013 2:49am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 5 Million Texts!

If anybody is interested in early Swiss prints (mainly 16th century) take a look at this growing collection (currently over 18,000 titles): http://www.e-rara.ch
The quality of their scans is outstanding.

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Poster: Nemo_bis Date: Nov 6, 2013 1:49am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 5 Million Texts!

Someone should download them all and upload to archive.org! Any taker? :)

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Poster: aibek Date: Nov 6, 2013 10:37pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 5 Million Texts!

“Systematic storage of parts of the content in electronic form on other servers requires previous written consent of the e-rara project management.”

http://www.e-rara.ch/wiki/termsOfUse

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Poster: Nemo_bis Date: Nov 6, 2013 11:13pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 5 Million Texts!

So it seems they are trying to use the database rights. I don't know if they are really enforceable in USA, but especially a non-EU user has nothing to fear when uploading them here on archive.org, at most they'll send a DMCA.

The nice alternative you have is writing them pointing out the benefits of public domain and the recommendations of Europeana. http://pro.europeana.eu/public-domain-content

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Poster: DFJustin Date: Sep 27, 2013 7:29am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 5 Million Texts!

I don't know about Germany, but France has a very substantial online library (466,527 books, over 2 million other documents): http://gallica.bnf.fr/